‘Ten Galiano Women Artists’, June 2 – 23, 2012

'Path Thru Paradise-Montague Park', Betsy Fairbrother

'Path Thru Paradise-Montague Park', Betsy Fairbrother

This year we are beginning the gallery season with a show entitled “Ten Galiano Women Artists”.  Why, you might wonder, are we showing only women artists in this group show?  That is because, in October, we are showing 10 Galiano Men Artists in a group show.  In my opinion, in the arts, gender has little to do with whether a work of art is interesting, successful, or well-executed.  At the same time, I haven’t seen an exclusively male or female show in a while. Why not do it?  And so, June is the month to see a display of art created by some of the skilled and talented women artists of Galiano. Here are a few tasters of what viewers will see:

'Ceramic Vessel' by Kasumi Lampitoc

'Ceramic Vessel' by Kasumi Lampitoc

We are showing the masterful ceramics of Kasumi Lampitoc, and as she puts it, “My motivations are from nature, simple shapes and forms – subtle lines or accents are enough to finish the piece”.

'Red Field Poppy' by Janice Prevedoros

'Red Field Poppy' by Janice Prevedoros

Janice Prevedoros, as an artist and gardener, appreciates the wide spectrum of plants which can be grown on the islands, and the various hues, leaf shapes and flowers have become part of her artwork; in the series of  botanicals displayed in this show she has created a perpetual season of blooms for the viewer!

Titanium Fractal Scale Maille Earrings by Anne Kelly

Titanium Fractal Scale Maille Earrings by Anne Kelly

Anne Kelly, a maker of very unique jewellery, is showing work that fuses ancient & 21st century techniques of weaving, forming, and texturing metal with a naturalist’s eye for tendrils, scales, feathers, and intertidal organisms.

 

'Lighthouse' by Dianne Laronde

'Lighthouse' by Dianne Laronde

Dianne Laronde, is exhibiting her recent paintings, and notes that, “The beauty of the land around us has always been a pleasure to sketch and paint; lately it is the community and the individuals who inhabit these lovely places in which I find inspiration”.  Betsy Fairbrother is displaying some of her new Galiano landscape paintings which are, “Inspired by the intoxicating visual perfumes of nature, harmonies and rhythms of colour and form”, that surround her, while hoping to capture the spirit and love of place.

'Just Humming Along' by Irene Castor

'Just Humming Along' by Irene Castor

Irene Castor has been focusing on very light, delicate and transparent watercolours of flowers, trees and buds, in the work for this show.  Chris Gaylor will be showing her hand-woven scarves, in rich colours and fibres, as well as displaying the new, multi-coloured, glass, shell and ceramic mosaic wall pieces she has been creating.

'Leaves, Shells & Buds, Mosaic Mirror' by Chris Gaylor

'Leaves, Shells & Buds, Mosaic Mirror' by Chris Gaylor

Strong, colourful pastel drawings of Galiano’s special places are being offered by Annette Shaw who says that, “Even though my art is still in a state of flux, I am rediscovering the joy of simply drawing for the pleasure of it”.

'Laughlin Lake' by Annette Shaw

'Laughlin Lake' by Annette Shaw

For Eleanor Coulthard, ‘painting is becoming her retirement career’ – she paints in themes inspired by her travels, working mainly in watercolours and oils.

'Airflow' by Eleanor Coulthard

'Airflow' by Eleanor Coulthard

And finally, Shera Street is sharing with us, her powerful, free flowing paintings, ”For me ‘art’ is an unfolding adventure from the instant paint first hits the canvas. Vibrant colours speak through me, touched with a connection of spirit”.

'Dancer's Joy, Part 1', by Shera Street

'Dancer's Joy, Part 1', by Shera Street

This offering of artwork from ten different Galiano Women Artists promises to be exciting and visually stimulating.  I plan to take note of how the entire space and energy of the show looks and feels, and then in October, I will stand in the same place again, and see and feel what the Galiano Men Artists have created.  I hope you will join us in this adventure.

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